The spouse of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is shooting down a news report saying he is planning to retire soon from the bench.
In a Facebook post on Sunday, Thomas’ wife, Ginni Thomas — who produces video interviews for The Daily Caller News Foundation — disputed the story by the Washington Examiner’s Paul Bedard.
“For all those who are contacting me about the possibility of my husband retiring, I say — unsubscribe from those false news sources and carry on with your busy lives,” Ginni Thomas wrote.
The post by Ginni Thomas included a photo of a street sign that said “scam alert.”
On Sunday, Bedard published a story with the headline: “End of conservative Supreme Court: Clarence Thomas may be next to leave.”
The story was sourced to “court watchers.”
“His retirement would have a substantial impact on control of the court,” Bedard wrote. “The next president is expected to immediately replace the seat opened by the death of conservative Justice Antonin Scalia, providing a one-vote edge in the court that is currently divided 4-4.”
Should Thomas retire and Hillary Clinton win the presidential race, Bedard wrote that “she would get the chance to flip two Republican seats, giving the liberals a 6-3 majority.”
Ginni Thomas said of the story: “IT. IS. BOGUS! Paul Bedard needs to find a phone in his life and unnamed sources are worth as much as their transparency is.”
She added: “A funny close friend wrote me: ‘Next we’ll hear that you and he have bought a small private island near Nevis, with a large satellite dish so that all the Nebraska college sports games won’t be missed, and a large Green Egg that can slow cook the indigenous wild boar. Let us know when you are shipping off so we can all chip in to buy a suitable retirement present for your husband — perhaps matching lounge chairs and umbrellas.'”